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>> yeah. hello, and welcome to millionaire. we got another big one today because it's double money week continues, y'all! se] yeah. contestants have a shot at doubling their money on just one question. and that means that we show 'em the money, and then we show it to 'em again. then we make it rain cash, and then it rains twice as hard, all right? joining us today is someone who was sitting in our audience just one week ago, and now she's right here in the spotlight. from brooklyn, new york, y'all show some love for clarice mathews. what up? >> brooklyn, brooklyn, brooklyn! >> how you doin'? >> i'm good! i'm good! i'm good! i'm glad to be here! >> so you were sitting in the audience a week ago. now you got to explain, and you kind of have this cool pastime. what do you do? >> well, since i retired from the nypd... >> okay. >> my girlfriends and i, we like to visit talk shows.
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the girls are here with me-- >> where your crew at? [cheers and applause] oh! uh-oh! >> go, clarice! >> all: go, clarice! go, clarice! >> oh, my goodness. >> they gonna need they own lifelines. i see right-- a'ight, well, this exciting. i'm glad you here. i'm excited for you. >> i'm so excited. i can't believe that i'm on tv-- and double money too. >> i want you to win a lot of money too. >> whoo! >> you know what? let's check out the money we got for you in round one. here we go, clarice. this is all the money that's gonna be available in round 1. i'm gonna have the computer randomize that right now. so that's gonna be shuffled up. this'll be all of the categories to all of your questions right here. shuffle those as well. all right, you know what we gonna do. let's take a look and see where your double money question is. ah, so you know it's kind of about halfway up there. you know, you're gonna have to fight to get it, all right? >> i'm a swimmer! >> that's it.
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everything is all shuffled up. if you ready to play, clarice, we can do this. >> i'm ready. >> audience, you ready? [cheers and applause] let's play millionaire! [cheers and applause] yeah. with tracks such as ur not too old, dance, 57-year-old sharon saide embraces her age by spinning records under what name? >> okay. seeing as she's the same age as i am now, and i've already experienced some of those things, if i was doing the djing, i'd call myself dj hotflash. "d," final answer. >> and you would do that every time? >> hot flash! >> make it hot! make it flash!
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dj hotflash is correct! [cheers and applause] clarice, let's get things started. put some money in the bank! $500, all. >> i'll take it, i'll take it. >> you got to love it. >> take it. >> here we go. this is your next question. "branching out." while they settled on video games, nintendo has engaged in all but which of the following businesses? >> i cook a lot of instant rice at home. i don't remember any of them being nintendo brand. >> [chuckles] >> hotel chain? i am not-- >> you'd be djing and cookin' rice at the same time, like, hot flash--whoo! wha--wicka-wicka! hot flash!
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with the hot rice! >> whoo! i might even put some hot sauce with the hot flash in the instant rice. okay. however-- >> however--i like that. >> i am not so sure what nintendo is involved in other than basba--i mean a video game, so--and i can't really even figure this one out. so i think i'll jump the question. >> all right. yeah, not really sure. nothing popped out at as, like, that one thing they never done. all right, you decided to jump over this one. it's now out of play, clarice. let's see what the correct answer is. baseball gloves. >> oh, i would have never guessed that. >> so, yeah, they did. it's double money week, so let's hope this is not big. what'd you jump over? $2,000, so that's a'ight. you cool with that? >> i'm good. >> all right. here we go. this is you next question. >> all right. >> "don't do it."
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contrary to popular belief, the cdc says that you should not do what during an earthquake? >> oh, man! see, i live in new york. >> so it's contrary to popular belief. >> yeah, contrary. i'm not--oh, contrary! contrary to popular belief... i'm gonna go with "c," final answer. >> well, it's a good thing, 'cause that's right. >> [shrieks] >> just like that. she number "c," final answer. that's right. you should not stand in a doorway. let's get some cash going for clarice. here we go! $100. >> i'll take that. >> that's all good. >> i got it. >> steady climbin'. it's all positive. 600 bucks. here we go. this is your next question.
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a name that shifts the blame, what revolutionary war event did loyalists and the british refer to as "the riot on king street"? >> all right, i know fort sumter was the civil war, and the alamo was somewhere down in texas, and texas wasn't around during the revolutionary war, i don't think, so the burning of washington and the boston massacre. name that shifts the blame. all right, i'm gonna go with... jumping the question 'cause i'm not sure. >> it's my boo. >> [laughter] >> you gonna hit me with my whole move. i was all like, "what are you gonna do? oh, you gonna jump the question." so you jumped over. not really sure, decided to jump
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over it. >> not really sure, yeah. >> all right, it is now out of play. you thinkin' it was possibly "b," 'cause that's the one you would have, if you would have guessed. >> yes, if i would have guessed. >> what is the correct answer? it is indeed "b," the boston massacre. again, it's double money week. hopefully this money is small. what'd she jump over? oh, well, jumped over $1,000. that's all right. when we come back, clarice is going for her double money question. millionaire in just a second.
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[ sighs ] [ male announcer ] choose taste. choose prego. i got clarice mathews from brooklyn, new york, with me right now. she's got $600 in the bank. had to use a couple of lifelines, but you are about to face your double money quest [cheers and applause] now... i mean, and looking at it, i mean, all the small money's gone, so, i mean, this could be big. this could be, like-- >> i got nowhere to go but up, right? >> you got nowhere to go but up. it's all big cash from here.
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you gonna go crazy if you win the big money? >> hold your hat. >> hold my hat? >> hold your hat. >> all right. all right. you ready? >> i'm ready. >> all right, let's get it going. let's play! here we go, big money! [cheers and applause] including members c.s. lewis and j.r.r. tolkien, what elite book club often met at a pub in oxford, england? >> i really don't know this, so i'm going to have to rely on the audience. >> all right. audience, clarice needs your help. need you to go to those keypads and vote. help her out. double money. [percussive music] the vote is in. let's see what the audience had to say. 74% of them went with inklings.
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74%, that's strong. >> i kind of like that percentage. i like it a lot. >> okay. >> all right. i like it so much that i'm gonna go with the audience and say that "b" is my final answer, 'cause they look really good. >> decide to go with the audience. they all look like a bunch of readers. >> yeah, they do. >> they sit around, and they're all book club people, and they're like-- they're like, "oh, we know all the names of different book clubs. >> yes! >> you went with 'em. >> i went with 'em. >> it was a good thing, clarice, 'cause they got your back! inklings is right! [cheers and applause] this is a double money question. hopefully this audience brought it home for you. for double the money, how much is it? oh! oh! oh! as i hold my hat! [cheers and applause] she's gone crazy! it's mayhem! whoo!
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[cheers and applause] nice! nice! >> [shrieking and whooping] >> whoa! >> whoo! whoo! >> $50,000 question. [cheers and applause] >> whoo! >> that was exciting. >> whoo! it's so exciting, i hardly talk now. >> clarice, you got $50,600 in the bank right now. [cheers and applause] you're doing great. you had to use your last lifeline. >> it was well worth it. >> well worth it, indeed it was. now you got five questions left to be out of round 1. you ready to keep playing? >> yes, i am. >> let's just go on to a million dollars. here we go. this here is your next question. in 2013, what aptly named new jersey man was accused of accidentally texting a cop to see if he wanted to buy a quarter pound of marijuana? you police now.
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you might have known this. >> [laughs] well, if i had a quarter pound of marijuana, i would think that i would be a dealer, so i'm gonna go with "b," nicholas dealer. >> final answer? >> final answer. >> so your little police knowledge kinda came up on this one right here. >> yeah-huh. >> you got it right, clarice! that's right! nicholas dealer. [cheers and applause] can it get any better? how much more money can we add? >> [shrieks] >> $10,000! >> whoo! [laughs] whoo! >> it is crazy right now. >> whoo-hoo! whoo! whoo! whoo! >> oh, my goodness! >> whoo! >> 60,600 bucks right now.
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>> [laughing] whoo! >> all right. well, this is exciting. i mean, here you are, 4 questions away from locking all of this in and being out of round 1. you ready to keep pl >> i'm ready >> i'm ready. come on, let's do it. here you go. this is your next question. sounding like the plot of an animated movie, bill nye stated we could stop asteroids from hitting earth by unleashing what to reroute them? >> laser bees. missile hummingbirds. whoo. i have no more lifelines. i don't want to just guess it out. i have to tell you guys, i have loved being on this show. i really--i loved it. thank you so, so much. whoo! i think...
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>> no leap? >> i think i t >> i think i think i know what the answer is because my family told me, "think it out." >> okay. >> and in thinking it out, i think i know, but right now, i am so excited. i think i'm gonna walk and go home. >> your final answer? >> it's my final answer. thank you, thank-- >> so you were thinking-- what were you thinking? just in case. >> i was thinking missile hummingbirds. >> it's interesting thing you decided to walk. the correct answer was "c," laser bees. >> whoo! thank you! >> so clarice did it up! >> thank you! >> you're gonna walk out of-- >> oh, my gosh! thank you, thank you so much! >> leaving out o >> leaving out of here with $30,300. >> whoo! >> what an amazing player! more millionaire in just a second. oh, you got to love it!
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>> welcome back to double money week on millionaire. we're here with kristan watson from las vegas. give her some love. how are you, kristan? >> good, thank you. >> good. now i understand you are a lawyer in las vegas. that's got to keep you busy. >> yes. all right, well, we want to get you some money. we want to get things going for you, all right? let's see the money we have for you in round 1. all right, that's all of the money. i'm gonna have the computer randomize the money and all of
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the categories. everything has been scrambled up. now let's take a look and see where your double money question is. oh! early. >> really early. >> pretty early on. >> all right. >> kristan, you ready? >> yes. >> let's play millionaire. let's go. [cheers and applause] certainly making it easy to see the results of their work, turkish scientists recently bred glow-in-the-dark rabbits by supplying them with the dna from >> actually heard about this. i'm pretty sure it's "d," jellyfish. final answer. >> kristan, you got it right right off the top. here we go. loosenin' up. kristan's jumpin' in with all the right answers. let's show her some money right away. $10,000!
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[cheers and applause] that's a great start right there. you already got $10,000. and this is your double money question right away. spoken by daniel craig, the final lines in the three most recent james bond films have included all but which of the following. >> don't know this. my roommate would know this. he's a huge james bond fan. i'm gonna ask the audience. >> all right, you gonna use a lifeline and ask the audience. audience, kristan needs your help right now, so i need you to go to your keypads and vote. [percussive music] >> all right, the vote is in. let's see what the audience had to say. ooh, they're kind of all over the place right now with 36% going with james bond
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as being the one that's not being said. that's 22%, 26%, "c," i never left, 22% "a." >> which is kind of what i was thinking. but... [sighs] >> double money. >> i know. but if i get it wrong... >> you got to stay alive, right. >> i'ma go with "d," james bond. final answer. >> kristan, the correct answer was "a." >> that's okay. that's okay. >> we'll see. >> that's--that's fine. that's fine. >> oh. oh, wow. man. >> that's fine. >> all right. hey, we'll be right back with a little more millionaire right after these, man. buy susan a keurig brewer. brew the love. keurig.
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>> the answer to that question was foggy. [cheers and applause] welcome back to millionaire. all right, it's now that time of the show where i get to pick one of you to come down here and take a shot at $1,000! who do i want? [cheers and applause] who do i want? [cheers and applause] you, buddy. i want you, right here, yup. you right there. come on down.
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yeah. yeah. yo! hyped! >> yeah! >> nice! welcome, man. there's your spot. what's your name, sir? >> michael mudrak. >> michael what? >> mudrak. >> michael mudrak, what's up? man, how you doing? >> i am fired up! >> obviously. >> yeah! >> you like, "yaaaaaah!" >> yeah! >> aaaaaaaaauuuuuuuugh! >> yeah! >> okay, all right. you know, since it's double money week--i usually just do $1,000--but if you get this question right, i'ma give you $2,000, man. >> yeah! >> michael, are you ready? >> i am ready! >> audience, are you ready? [cheers and applause] let's play millionaire! [dramatic musical flourish] here we go, man. perhaps due to all the information they remember, a 2006 study found that taxi drivers often have an abnormally developed what?
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>> i believe it's "a," hippocampus. >> final answer? >> final answer. >> why do you--why'd you-- how do you know this? >> hippocampus is in the brain. >> yes. you know what, michael? you got it right, baby! >> yeah! >> that's it! this guy's got paper! he's going crazy! he's all over the place! >> yeah! >> with $2,000 in the bank. what a player! we are partners. >> yeah! >> that's right. that's all the time we have in this episode of millionaire. this guy's a thousandaire-- two thousand! till the next time i see you, watch your wallet! yeah! >> closed captioning sponsored by: i got the tree, open ahh!door! there's a better way to save... at the sears one day sale! get 60% off coats for the family. and 50% off this craftsman toolset. plus 10 percent in points with a sears card. holiday a better way. sears.
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you're history. selsun blue itchy dry scalp. gets to the root of dandruff and hydrates the scalp. selsun blue itchy dry scalp. mandela being alive, now that he's gone, there's so much more progress to be made. where do they stand economically? >> there's still a lot of problems. there's de facto segregation, economic problems, educational problems that south africa needs to advance on in order to realize the society that nelson mandela had in mind for south africa. i got to tell you, being in south africa, the folks there, from all different colors, all different backgrounds, all different
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socio-economic levels, they're talking about these things and really feel like together they will be able to do so much more. >> abc's lana zak, thank you so much. >> the coverage of nelson mandela's life and death does not end here. see how his story influenced pop culture and moviemakers later in this half-hour. another major headline this morning, the investigation into the shooting of an american teacher in libya. ronnie smith gunned down while jogging at a u.s. consulate in benghazi. his murder comes days after al qaeda called for libyan attacks on u.s. interests. smith's wife and son returned to the u.s. for the holidays. he was set to join them next week. a wicked storm slamming the nation this morning is far from over. a treacherous mix of snow and sleet crippling the south central u.s., blanketing arkansas, oklahoma and tennessee. here's abc's clayton sandell. >> reporter: temperatures are dropping and blood pressure's rising as a major winter storm barrels east.
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minnesota, a mess of spinning tires and plows. the state digging out from under heavy snow. oklahoma grocery stores are selling out. >> i wanted to beat the rush. i didn't. >> reporter: tennessee declared a state of emergency. further west, it's the frigid cold. oklahoma city chillier than anchorage, alaska. this oregon mill was coated in ice. in california, growers are burning peach pits for enough heat to save a $2 billion citrus crop. >> we have to protect it at all costs. >> reporter: in denver, they are de-icing planes and trying to find shelter for the homeless. >> these sorts of nights don't happen a lot but it is dangerous. >> reporter: staying warm means piling on the layers. >> i've got this coat and then a sweater and long-sleeve shirt and thermal underwear under that. >> reporter: denver tied a chilly record at minus 15
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degrees. at tom's urban restaurant. >> this is our walk-in cooler this is 35, 38 degrees. it's actually warmer in the freezer. >> two degrees. >> that is 17 degrees warmer than outside. >> this is where we warm up. >> reporter: and now criminals are taking advantage of the cold looking for puffers. what's a puffer? it is a car that an owner leaves running unattended so they can warm it up. police say they have had a half dozen puffer cars stolen. clayton sandell, abc news, denver. >> from the ice storm in the mid south to the brutal cold in the upper midwest the storm is dangerous. >> meteorologist jim dickey is tracking it all at accu-weather. good morning, jim. >> good morning, john and diana. once again, a brutally cold air mass has set up across the northern plains the rockies to the upper midwest.
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these are expected early morning temperatures. minus 4 in minneapolis. minus 15 in pierre and minus 12 in denver. as this cold moves to the east, we continue to see snow, ice and rain from texas, north and east to the ohio valley and significant ice in some locations. that includes much of arkansas, including little rock area. big-time impacts. looking for dangerous road conditions, especially through the morning commute along with power outages and it could be days before power is restored. along with that, three to six inches of snow spreading to the ohio valley and the northeast. john, diana, back to you. >> thank you very much. coming up we return to our top story in returning nelson mandela's humble roots. >> and hear how his profound words will resonate in the history books. this is a special edition of "world news now." ♪
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♪ welcome back. it is not an understatement to say that nelson mandela's time on earth literally changed the world. >> abc's terry moran has more on mandela's life and legacy. >> reporter: mandela was born in
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1918 into the royal family of the thembu people, but he grew up under apartheid racial segregation and oppression. the white minority ruled south africa. it is hard to imagine the pure evil of that system. abject poverty for blacks and severe restrictions on travel, education and employment. whites enjoyed all of the powers and riches in this rich country. his tribal name meant troublemaker. perhaps it was his destiny, particularly after the massacre in 1960 when he and the african national congress took up armed struggle. >> there are many people who feel it is useless and futile for us to talk about peace and nonviolence against a government who is using savage attacks on unarmed defenseless people. >> reporter: mandela was a born leader. so in 1964 the apartheid government tried him for treason and sought the death penalty. his opening statement to the
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court electrified the country. >> i have cherished the ideal of a democratic and free society. it is an ideal for which i hope to live for and see realized. but my lord, if it needs be, it is an ideal for which i am prepared to die. >> reporter: mandela was sentenced to life in prison and sent to the notorious robben island prison, and he was not heard from for nearly 30 years. and then in 1990, the south african government, under increasing pressure and isolated in the world, suddenly yielded. >> mr. nelson mandela will be released at the staff prison. >> reporter: it was an amazing moment when mandela walked out of prison. on february 11th, 1990. the world rejoiced.
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he worked with his former enemy to move toward free elections and the end of apartheid. he and frederik willem de klerk were jointly awarded the nobel peace prize in 1993 and the following year this, the world again looked on in wonder and joy as millions of black south africans lined up to vote for the first time. nelson mandela was elected president in a landslide. >> so help me god. >> reporter: a few months later at his inauguration attended by scores of world leaders, he declared a new era for his beloved country. >> never again shall it be that this beautiful land will again experience the oppression of one by another. >> reporter: terry moran, abc news. >> now what happens next is
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nelson mandela's body has already been moved to the hospital. he will be given a state funeral. not only that, but all of the flags will be at half staff until the funeral is over. there's a ten-day mourning period for south africans, which obviously starts now. >> just amazing. it's a life that goes beyond anything a book or hollywood could ever make up. truly epic life from an epic man. >> nelson mandela inspired acts of revolution and kindness. his life moved artists to capture his spirit. >> up next, the movies inspired by mandela and how hollywood is reacting to his death. you are watching "world news now." ♪ >> announcer: "world news now" continues after this from our abc stations. ♪ >> announcer: "world news now" continues after this from our abc stations.
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♪ nelson mandela had a profound global impact. not just in the world of politics but in nearly every facet of modern culture. >> the at least of which was the world of entertainment. mandela was the inspiration for a number of movies. some blockbusters and others controversial. screen legend, sydney poitier,
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starred alongside michael caine. a look at the events leading up to mandela's release from prison in '90 after 27 years of incarceration. he won an oscar for his portrayal in the sports drama "invictus," chronicled the events after the rugby world cup hosted in that country following the dismantling of apartheid. >> and just this year, mandela played by idris elba in "mandela walk to freedom." it chronicled his life journey from childhood in a rural village through his inauguration as the first democratically elected president of south korea. >> mandela has a single acting credit to his name, appearing in the 1992 spike lee film "malcolm x." he was a schoolteacher reciting the lines from malcolm x's speech by any means necessary. an interesting side note. mandela told spike lee he would not say the words "by any means necessary." world leaders, celebrities,
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and everyday people honoring mandela by sharing their thoughts on social media. >> mandela had deep ties to hollywood. spike lee with mandela in this picture about malcolm x shared this picture on instagram. you can see mandela wearing the "x" baseball cap there. >> anderson cooper said i remember soweto election day 1994. standing in line with elderly south african voters for the first time in their lives. >> mike tyson tweeted out a picture of himself and nelson mandela. tyson noted he heard about mandela's death while on african soil in algeria. tyson wrote sending prayers to nelson mandela's family. charlize theron said, your impact on the world will live forever. adding there will never be words to say what i am feeling now. i'm saddened to the depths of my soul truly. >> obviously these go on and on. this from beyonce, who had an opportunity to meet mandela and she instagramed this picture of
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herself, her husband, jay-z and mandela's wife saying god bless. >> fergie sharing a picture of herself with nelson mandela. saying, "meeting nelson mandela at his house in johannesburg was a truly memorable moment in life for me. he was an angel." and as we pay tribute to nelson mandela, a celebration of his life. >> truly. these artists are coming out more and more throughout the entire day we get updates via e-mail of who was tweeting out next. presidents tweeting out and not only the people who are in hollywood. of course we leave you with one example of the way his life inspired artists everywhere. we'll be right back. ♪ ♪
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♪ ♪ if you are like us, your facebook and twitter feeds are filling up with quotesnelson if you are like us, your facebook and twitter feeds are filling up with quotes by nelson mandela. >> his words inspired justice in his own nation and the better part of the last century they moved men and women just about everywhere. here's nelson mandela in his own words. >> south africa is a -- there's room for all the various races in this country. to spend 27 years at the prime of your life is a tragedy.
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i regret those years that i have wasted in prison. let each one of you and all of our people give the enemies of peace and liberty. those faced to take us back to apartheid. south africa has to eliminate racial hatred and suspicion caused and offer equality to all of its citizens of peace, security and prosperity. >> together, we must pledge to continue our united effort for the abolition of the apartheid system. we are here because you took the humane decision that you could not ignore the inhumanity represented by the apartheid system.
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>> never doubted in our mind. even as we celebrate, let us remind ourselves that our work is far from complete. where there is poverty and sickness, including aids, where humans are being oppressed, there's more work to be done. >> i have completely retired. i've left office. i have lost influence. i'm now a has-been. don't call me. i'll call you. ♪ i'm now a has-been. don't call me. i'll call you. ♪
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this morning on "world news now," remembering nelson mandela. the tributes worldwide as the nation prepares for ten days of memorials. >> celebrity tributes, oprah winfrey remembers hosting mandela on her talk show, her fond memories and the laughs they shared. condolences from bill clinton to spike lee. social media lights up as the famous and not so famous share their thoughts. the storm warnings across the middle of the nation as ice and snow, extreme arctic cold make for a miserable morning. it is friday, december 6th. >> announcer: from abc news, this is "world news now" with john muller and diana perez. >> we begin with the death of a man who changed the world,
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former south african president nelson mandela passing away at the age of 95. >> there's mourning and respectful celebration at every corner of the globe as millions honor mandela's legacy. his fight for racial equality landed him in prison for nearly three decades. he emerged undeterred and unbroken. abc's alexander marquardt has more. >> reporter: south africa has entered a period of national mourning. profound sadness at the loss of a man many affectionately knew as tata madiba. his death was announced by jacob zuma, who called mandela south africa's greatest son. the celebration has been remarkable. people of all stripes taking to the streets, singing, dancing and celebrating his life. his death came as no surprise but as a new day dawns in south africa many are waking up with a deep sense of loss over this national and global hero. alexander marquardt, abc news,
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johannesburg. >> alex, thank you. president obama called himself one of the countless millions who drew inspiration from nelson mandela. he ordered flags at the white house and across the country to be lowered to half staff. karen travers has reaction from around the world. ♪ >> reporter: outside of the home where nelson mandela died, they sang in memory and mourning. >> great fighter, strong man. >> reporter: south africa's president delivered the long dreaded news. >> our nation has lost its greatest son. our people have lost their father. >> reporter: president obama praised the man he called a personal inspiration. >> we've lost one of the most influential, courageous and profoundly good human beings that any of us will share time with on this earth. >> reporter: that sense of historical loss ranged from
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royalty. >> extremely sad and tragic news. we are reminded what an extraordinary and inspiring man nelson mandela was. >> reporter: to regular people. >> is there a man who has more people aware of what he has contributed? >> reporter:. >> reporter: as a young man, nelson mandela faced daily humiliation of living under apartheid a system of government enforced racial division that lead to the oppression of the majority, black south africa mandela made th his people's liberation his cause. in 19he pric pr19he pric "free mandela" became synonymous with demands for a free south after three decades, president derelea. >> in the name of peace, democracy and freedom for all. >> reporter: he was embraced by his people and the world. mandela became a no prize recipient and ed
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president in the country's first free election. millions are mourning nelson mandela. he was a symbol of freedom and the strength of the human spirit in south africa and beyond. john and diana. >> in the 27 years he was incarcerated, he organized protests and got his law degree and even though he was only allowed one visitor a year and write or receive one letter every six months. so he had little contact with his own family. >> amazing. he won over everybody in that 30 years of incarceration, winning over prison guards, walking out and renouncing fierce of hatred. he said it only clouds the mind. this is a man as soon as he walked out embraced anyone who oppressed him and what a remarkable thing. he was raised as a son of a tribal leader. his nickname was troublemaker. isn't that amazing? little did they know? he certainly was. >> yes. oprah winfrey's also
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weighing in on mandela's passing. she says it was one of her greatest honors to be invited to his home. and called him humble, graceful and heroic. she called him a gift to us all, and she hosted mandela on her show 13 years ago. >> i had said that you are one of the most -- the most humble person i ever met. i will tell you, when mr. mandela arrived today, he said to our producer, "what is the subject of today's show?" [ applause ] >> and she said, "nelson mandela. you are the subject of today's show." and he goes, "oh, all right." >> winfrey also credits mandela as the inspiration for her school for girls in south africa. our coverage of nelson mandela's life and death continues later this half-hour as we hear from mandela's jailer who describes
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their unusual and long-lasting friendship. you want to keep it here on abc news all morning long. all right. we will turn to other major headlines beginning with something of a reversal by the white house involving the president's uncle who had been facing deportation from the u.s. now originally the administration had said that never met. wite y pad t three weeks while attending law school. it came after the judge ruled he could stay ignoring a deportation order two decades ago. libyan government says so far no one claimed responsibility for shooting an american teacher to death as he jogged through the streets of benghazi. despite threats to americans in libya, he chose to stay and teach high school chemistry. his wife and son had come home to texas for the holidays and he planned to join them next week. hang on tight for this one. that is what everyone on the boeing 747 was doing. check out that emirates airlines jumbo jet trying to land in strong winds yesterday in birmingham, england. it attempted to ground two times and failed both times. eventually the plane had to be flown to london where it landed there instead.
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one passenger tweeted out never flying again. florida state quarterback jameis winston will not be charged with sexually assaulting a woman. a prosecutor says he will not pursue the case because there were too many gaps in his accuser's story. the prosecutor said there wasn't enough evidence to win a conviction. winston will lead the seminoles in the acc title game tomorrow night and he is a leading candidate for the heisman trophy. much of the u.s. is in the grips of bitterly frigid conditions. a storm spreading record amounts of snow, ice and cold. arkansas is one of the many states where ice warnings will be in effect all day. roads are virtually impassable. thousands without power. abc's brandi hitt has more on the big chill. >> reporter: as one area of the country tries digging out from under several feet of snow. >> doing our best trying to clear the roads right now. >> reporter: the south and midwest are bracing for the blast of bone-chilling
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temperatures. you are looking at the threat of ice over the next 48 hours from dallas to cincinnati. this truck in arkansas is one of many that have been sliding out of control on the icy roads. >> we already have our equipment and manpower strategically placed throughout the district. >> families in oklahoma and texas are stocking up on food and supplies after witnessing what their neighbors to the north have experienced the last several days. >> kind of chilly out here. only supposed to get colder. >> reporter: in denver, airport crews are busy de-icing planes. out west, citrus growers are fighting freezing conditions overnight with their wind machines. while furnace repairmen also work around the clock. >> couldn't have been much more than 40 last night and space heaters only go so far. >> reporter: and it's going to be an icy run at the dallas marathon this weekend with temperatures expected in the 30s.
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marathon officials say it will go on as planned unless conditions are deemed unsafe. >> thank you. in oklahoma city, conditions are so dangerous people are urged to stay home today unless it is absolutely necessary to go outside. our coverage is continuing at accu-weather with meteorologist jim dickey has dire predictions. good morning, jim. >> good morning, john and diana. we continue to deal with extreme cold here in the midwest, northern plains and rockies. these are early morning temperatures, not windchill values. minus four minneapolis. minus 15 pierre, minus 12 in denver. last night denver fell to minus 15 that tied the record for the day. as it moves south and east relative warmth. as the two collide seeing heavy rain, snow and in the middle freezing rain. we have a layer of warmth in the middle of the atmosphere. snow falls into that, melts at the surface and falls to ice, encasing roadways and trees and power lines. power outages are likely here. it could be days before power is restored.
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back to you. >> thank you. here's a look at the rest of the weather. a wintry mix for the northeast. clear and mild in southern georgia and florida. sunny across the southwest but the next storm is hitting the west coast an that will bring snow to oregon and california. >> mild in the northeast, warmer as you go further south. high teens in and 20s. and the west coast shivering from the 30s to the 50s. >> coming up, we return to the top story. nelson mandela's push for change. >> his influence on world leaders and everyday people. you are watching "world news now." ♪ world news now." you are watching "world news now." a now." are watching "world news now." are watching "world news w." ♪ snooets fasten your seatbelts everybody. [ mixer whirring ] good thing we've got bounty. bounty select-a-size. it's the smaller powerful sheet, that acts like a big sheet. look! one select-a-size sheet of bounty
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♪ mourning the loss of nelson mandela with quotes, memories, and reflections. >> tributes to mandela are exploding on social media. here's jim avila. >> reporter: nelson mandela made history in grainy black and white but his death was covered in social media approaching 4 million tweets in the first two hours after his death was announced. former president clinton posting this picture, a handshake and the words, i will never forget my friend madiba. and on facebook, george w. bush. "president mandela was one of the great forces for freedom and equality of our time. he bore his burdens with dignity and grace, and our world is better off because of his example." it is a type of worldwide experience that draws young and
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old, black and white to share feelings. south african native charlize theron, "my thoughts and love to nelson mandela's family. rest in peace madiba. you will be missed but your impact on this world will live forever." director spike lee posted this simple message. and then this one from nasa, intergalactic message. from the space shuttle. the space shuttle posting a picture of mandela's beloved south africa. and crowds continue to gather in front of mandela's home, perhaps the day's most poignant message from mandela's own twitter account. death is inevitable. when a man has done what he considers to be a duty to his people and his country, he can rest in peace. a virtual memorial on social media. electronic good-byes for the man who brought the world together. jim avila, abc news, new york. >> great one that came in from the dalai lama. another man of incredible moral authority, and he says, "he was
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a man of courage, principle, and unquestionable integrity. a great human being. someone who we can truly say lived amainingful life. >> we heard from so many people but from president obama also. he said not only obviously that we have to remember him but he said he's gone home and we lost one of the most influential, courageous human beings that any of us will share time on this earth with. that's pretty powerful. >> the president's words were great. he said he no longer belongs to us now. he longs to the ages. >> very true. by the way, so now what happens is there is this ten-day memorial process. "the guardian" is reporting this is going to be an epic time. >> rival john paul ii's -- >> in 2005, his funeral. >> it will come to a stand still. the country can't function. there will be organized and impromptu memorials. which are happening. there you see that. that is johannesburg, south africa. that is happening live right now. this thing will happen throughout the ten days and beyond then. >> all right.
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we'll be right back. >> announcer: "world news now" continues after this the from our abc stations.
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♪ the pride in everybody's face when they take a picture with that man. nelson mandela lived the kind of life that few on this planet will ever achieve. robin roberts looks back at his inconquerable spirit. >> reporter: nelson mandela, a leader who inspired a nation's hope. >> both black and white will be able to walk tall. >> reporter: forgive. >> at peace with itself and the
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world. ♪ >> reporter: his tribal name given at birth means troublemaker. but on the first day of school, his teacher gave him a new name. >> you must have a christian name, and i said no, i don't have one. and he said from today you are going to be nelson. >> he was a boxer who became a lawyer and a leading voice in the african national congress the amc. struggling to end apartheid. white ruled the viciously enforced policy of racial segregation. but in 1960, after police shot and killed 69 protesters, the amc, which had always been nonviolent, created a military wing under mandela's command. mandela was imprisoned in 1962. two years later sentenced to
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life in prison accused to working to overthrow the government. in court, on trial for his life, he said this. >> i have cherished the ideal of a democratic and free society. it is an ideal for which i hope to live for and to see realized. but, my lord, if it needs be, it is an ideal for which i am prepared to die. >> reporter: four miles off of capetown, south africa, on robben island, mandela spent 27 years cut off from the world but not forgotten. released at the age of 72 in '90 he remained ever vigilant that his country and its freedoms rested in the hands of its people. >> the majority of south africans, back and white, apartheid has no future. >> reporter: in 1994, south africans cast their ballot in the first democratic election. >> applause for the first black
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voter. mandela became the country's president, the first elected by all of its people. >> we are all south africans. we have had a good fight but now this is a time to heal the old wound and to build a new south africa. ♪ >> reporter: after ruling for five years, nelson mandela passed the torch to the next generation and became an elder statesman to the world, a fighter, a visionary. the voice of his people and more moral compass for us all. robin roberts, abc news. >> today following his passing the new south african president, president zuma said, "our nation has lost its greatest son and our people have lost a father." >> a man whose fighting spirit was matched equally by his humility and compassion. few human beings present either
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one of those sides in the amount that he did and he had both. >> absolutely. sides in the amount that he did and he had both. >> absolutely.
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♪ >> this half hour, nelson mandela brought a great many gifts to our generation but his most private, painful moments gave us a very powerful message. >> a message of forgiveness and friendship. here's abc's david muir. >> christo peers out over robben island prison where he first reported for duty at 18. >> they informed us we are going to meet the biggest criminal in south africa.
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>> nelson mandela was 60, already in prison more than a decade. still forced to sleep on the floor. the young jailer's family was the family that famously and fiercely supported apartheid but when he met nelson mandela he met a man that would treat him with respect and the jailer would offer the same in return. he told us of one of winnie's mandela's visits and her request. >> reporter: no children allowed, not even mandela's precious grandbaby. what winnie didn't know is the jailer had secretly brought the baby to mandela. >> there was just tears coming out of their eyes. resign no. >> reporter: no one ever knew? >> nobody knew. >> reporter: all of those isolated years on robben island there was one view he loved the top of table mountain here in capetown behind me. that mandela would look to this view wondering if he would ever be free. >> reporter: mandela was always preparing for that day. he asked the jailer to teach the language of the whites in power. there are there were essays
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assigned and the red pen that corrected them and on the day mandela was released his speech was delivered in afrikkan. mandela famously said if you talk to a man in a language he understands that goes to his head. if you talk to him in his language, that goes to his heart. >> that's what he did. that's what he strived for. that's what he was loved for and would fight for while he was in prison. to have people live in peace. >> reporter: the jailer who became a trusted friend now remembering nelson mandela. >> so powerful, like gandhi, martin luther king. the moral authority this man had disarmed everybody eventually. >> this is the story we only hear one person's perspective but so many people have their own stories that will live on as his legacy. >> that's our news for this half-hour. own stories that will live on as his legacy. >> that's our news for this half hour.
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this morning, a giant of human rights is gone. forever changing history and his life-long battle against racial inequality. >> today the majority of south africa, black and white, recognize that apartheid has no future. >> he spent nearly three decades in prison, emerging to become the first black president of south africa. this morning the world reacts to the news. this is continuing coverage of "abc remembers nelson mandela: a man who changed the world." ♪ >> good friday morning, everyone. i'm john muller. >> i'm diana perez. it's a special edition of "world
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news now" as the world mourns nelson mandela while celebrating his accomplishments. >> nelson mandela is remembered for his dignity, determination and unparalleled sacrifice. >> impromptu memorial service are going up across the globe for the man who spent nearly a third of his life in prison for his fight against apartheid, but many are celebrating his life, singing, dancing and waving flags in the streets of south africa. president obama giving the order it fly flags at half staff saying mandela no longer belongs to us but the ages. his body has been removed but mourners are gathering outside to honor his memory. >> condolences are pouring in from presidents, celebrities, millions of people touched by the man who influenced nations. >> abc's karen travers has more about this icon's life and death. good morning, karen. >> reporter: good morning. nelson mandela's health had been
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declining for some time, but still south africans held on to hope. they and so many around the world are remembering his courage and strength. how he healed the nation and changed history. ♪ >> reporter: outside the home where nelson mandela died, they sang in memory and in mourning. >> great fighter, strong man. >> reporter: south africa's president delivered the long-dreaded news. >> our nation has lost its greatest son. our people have lost a father. >> reporter: president obama praised the man he called a personal inspiration. >> we have lost one of the most influential, courageous, and profoundly good human beings that any of us will share time with on this earth. >> reporter: that sense of historical loss ranged from royalty -- >> extremely sad and tragic news. we are reminded what an extraordinary and inspiring man nelson mandela was. >> reporter: to regular people. >> is there a man who has more people aware of what he has
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contributed? >> reporter: as a young man, nelson mandela faced daily humiliation of living under apartheid, a system of government-enforced racial division that led to the oppression of the majority, black south africans. mandela made for fight for his country and people's liberation his cause. in 1964, he paid the price with his own freedom when he was sentenced to a life in prison. "free mandela" became synonymous with the name south africa. >> thank you all. in the name of peace, and democracy and freedom for all. >> reporter: he was embraced by his people and the world. mandela became a nobel peace prize recipient and was elected president in the country's first free election. now millions are mourning nelson mandela. he was a symbol of freedom and the strength of the human spirit in south africa and beyond. john and diana?
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>> karen, mandela clear hero to president obama. will he be traveling to south africa for the memorial? >> no trip has been announced yet by the white house but it seems likely the president and possibly first lady would go over for the services when they happen over the next week or two. the president was so candid yesterday speaking about the influence that nelson mandela had in his life. he said he could not imagine living his life without the example that nelson mandela set. >> tell us more about president obama's last trip to south africa and when he first met mandela as a senator. >> reporter: president obama was in south africa in june. nelson mandela was very sick at that point. the white house said out of respect for him and his family they were not going to have the obamas go and meet him. instead, he took his wife and daughters to nelson mandela's cell on robben island. he said it was a privilege and honor to be there. the first and only time they met is right after president obama was elected senator in 2005. it was at a hotel here in washington. the president, then senator,
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was not on nelson mandela's schedule but he stayed strong and persevered and he got himself on that schedule. they had a brief meeting and there is an iconic photo taken that day by one of the president's aides, and that photo hangs in the west wing. >> the only photo that exists of that meeting, by the way. karen travers reporting live from washington. thank you. mandela died at his home surrounded by his youngest daughters who were in london at the time attending a premier of a new film about his life. they left immediately after learning of their father's death. they asked the film be played until the end. the audience which included prince william, was only told that mandela died as the credits rolled. they're also paying tribute at the famous apollo theater in new york. the marquee lit up in his honor. new york was the first stop on his u.s. tour in 1990. he wanted to go to harlem because the people knew about resistance and fighting for change. stay with abc news as we remember nelson mandela's legacy. later this half-hour, inside
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information about his family and his memorial. keep it here on abc news all morning long. now to the other major story this morning. we learning more about the popular american chemistry teacher gunned down jogging in the libyan city of benghazi. ronnie smith was a fan of twitter. he used it as a teaching tool. he described himself as libya's best friend. here's abc's terry moran. >> reporter: ronny smith, 33 years old, a charismatic chemistry teacher gunned down while jogging through the streets of benghazi, his adopted home. at the international school where smith taught the last 13 months, horror and disbelief. >> the students themselves shocked and upset and crying. supporting each other, helping each other. >> reporter: as we saw during the libyan revolution, benghazi has been torn by violence and criminality since the fall of moammar gadhafi. it was the scene of a terrorist attack in 2012 on the u.s. consulate that took the lives of ambassador chris stevens and three other americans. over the weekend, an al qaeda
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spokesman urged libyans to attack westerners in revenge for the u.s. capture of a wanted terrorist there. amid all of the violence, many libyans are struggling to remake their country and ronnie smith, a texan, husband, and father of a 2-year-old boy was there to help. loved teaching the libyan teens at his school, and they loved him back. >> to me, he was just one of my favorite people. he was really funny. he was not just a teacher, he was a friend. >> reporter: shocked students poured out their grief and memories. his door was open to anyone who needed advice, a hug or simply a plate of homemade chinese food. >> he was determined to be here and to make a difference, and he did. >> reporter: ronnie smith was planning to head home to america to join his family for christmas. terry moran, abc news, london. a nasty blast of record cold is gripping much of the country this morning, threatening nearly 200 million people. ice storm warnings will be in effect today in parts of the south. most of arkansas and
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tennessee can expect accumulations of half inch or more of ice, creating dismal driving conditions and widespread power outages. oklahoma taking a beating. in addition to ice and sleet, up to six inches of snow is expected it pile up. emergency management officials have already set up industrialized generators and stocked shelters. they are warning people not to leave their homes unless it is absolutely necessary. >> good advice as denver and minneapolis wake up to below zero weather again. >> the latest on the storm system from meteorologist jim dickey at accu-weather. >> good morning. a pocket of extremely cold air funnels its way south and eastward here. as it does we are seeing ice and snow. in some cases heavy ice and snow. significant ice storm underway continuing here. started thursday night and continues through tonight. the worst of it across central arkansas in to portions of western kentucky.
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dangerous road conditions this morning. along with that downed trees and power lines. power outages could last for weeks. back to you. >> thank you very much. we are returning to our top story, the life and death of nelson mandela. >> the worldwide remembrance. why he is so beloved here in the u.s. you are watching "world news now." manslaughter. -- manslaughter /* "world news now." now."
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♪ and welcome back as we continue >> welcome back as we continue to pay tribute to nelson mandela. a look at his impact in the land of freedom. >> here's abc's byron pitts on what mandela meant to america. >> reporter: just four months after he was set free from prison in 1990, nelson mandela set foot in america for the first time. an eight-city tour, starting in new york. it was magical. it was as if malcolm and martin were still alive and the mets had won the world series, all in new york, all in one day. mandela spoke at yankees stadium. >> you now know who i am. i am a yankee! >> reporter: for many it wasn't
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mandela's oratory skills but his story that inspired. a story so familiar it intertwined with america's past and still so very painful. the anti-apartheid protest of the '80s captivated a new generation on college campuses and communities. ♪ >> reporter: amidst the demonstrations demanding divestment in south africa here was the ongoing violence there in townships there like soweto. it took the story of one man to help america better understand the struggle of one nation. mandela reminded the world with reconciliation was more powerful than revenge. forgiveness is a gift to be given. the boldness of his vision humbled the powerful in america.
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>> don't you hate those people when they let you go? he said, "briefly i did, but when i was walking out of my compound for the last time, i said to myself, they have had you 27 years. if you hate them when you get through that door, they will still have you." >> reporter: and the famous. >> if you can proceed through life with just a portion of nelson mandela's humility, you will be a huge success. >> reporter: the audacity of mandela's rise also inspired a young politician from illinois. senator barack obama visited mandela's cell on robben island when his own destiny was but a dream. so back then, there was little wonder why watching a 71-year-old man dance could please so many people. it was the walk that preceded it. during his visit to boston 23 years ago, i met mr. mandela ever so briefly. there was time for one question, "mr. mandela," i asked, "what is
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the one thing in life you know for sure? with that elegant smile, he issed, "good and evil are always at war. good men must choose." with defiance and dignity and equal measure, nelson mandela chose, and america loved him for it. [ cheers ] >> reporter: byron pitts, abc news, new york. >> amazing seeing those shots. a man in some respects is on this mt. olympus of great human beings was so human and everybody who met him said the same thing. the shot of him wearing a yankees' hat is so great. i'm a mets fan. i will forgive him for that, but so human. there's an autobiography out, and he tries to connect with people. he said i have discovered the secret. i have walked this long walk to freedom and i'm not perfect. i have made a lot of mistakes but he said i discovered for every hill you climb there are more hills to climb. in all that he achieved he knew because south africa wasn't where he wanted it to be there
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was more to achieve in his lifetime. >> where do you start with all of these accolades for him? just amazing. coming up we continue to remember the legacy of nelson mandela. next, we'll be joined by our correspondent who spoke recently with mandela's family. and ahead, nelson mandela's impact on popular culture. a look at the movies he inspired and stars who played him. you are watching "world news now." >> announcer: "world news now" continues after this from our abc stations. on popular culture. a look at the movies he inspired and stars who played him. you are watching "world news now." >> announcer: "world news now" continues after this from our abc stations.
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♪ ♪ welcome back. >> welcome back. we are joined by lana zak who recently spent time in south africa after mandela fell ill. >> good morning. you spoke to mandela's
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daughter recently and talked about the personal sacrifices that had to be made, not only by her family but by her father, as well. tell us about this conversation. >> it reminded me that the sacrifices mandela made -- and they were tremendous sacrifices, but it was shared with his entire family. at times, not only were they without their father, being in prison, but their mother winnie mandela spent many days in jail in solitary confinement. and these are two little kids growing up without a father or mother and they remembered the sacrifice it took out of them. for nelson mandela who cared so much about children, for him it was a tremendous sacrifice, as well. he made the point he was doing it not only for his children but all the children of south africa. >> you spent so much time outside of the home. what was the scene at the home and was there a feeling that this man deserves the peace. >> the people were respectful. in all of their tributes they wanted to say thank you to
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mandela and really say they -- the world's best wishes were inspired by him. so outside of his home, i took a couple of pictures. one of the wonderful things, in the flower bed, not obtrusive statements but so many people would drop off little rocks painted with all of these wonderful well wishes. madiba which means father in south african. we love you. we thank you. we are praying for you. you can see the little colored rocks and people were still dropping them off when i was there. >> you were there five weeks. you were there for quite sometime and you had interpersonal relationships with the members of the family and were talking to them recently. what would you say the legacy that nelson mandela is leaving behind south africa and also around the world? >> the first thing he would say is he wasn't a saint. as you were talking about before, he was such a person, a man.
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who made personal mistakes. he had failed marriages. the fact he had those foibles that you can all realize the possibility of it yourself. sometimes we see legendary figures and think there is no way i could be like mandela but he responded by saying, he is so much more than that. he unleashes the power within all of us. >> we are looking at live pictures. -- you spent time there -- must be a large, large element of celebration to go along with mourning. >> you saw outside of his home in soweta. the small two-bedroom home he shared with winnie. people were dancing in the i think for a lot of south africans they see him as their father and miss him and wish him the best in everything. >> lana zak, thank you for joining us this morning. coming up, south africa and the world awakens this morning and there is only one big
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headline. >> a look at the morning papers coming up. >> a look at the morning papers coming up.
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oprah had a strong reaction to mandela's passing. ♪ nelson mandela dead at the age of 95. oprah winfrey had a strong reaction to mandela's passing. >> she said, "one of the great honors of my life of to be invited to nelson mandela's home, spend private time and get to know him. he is everything you ever heard and more. humble and unscathed by bitterness and loved to tell a good joke. being in his presence was like sitting with grace and majesty at the same time. he will always be my hero. his life was a gift to us all. o. his life ift to us all. >> nelson mandela way more than a south african figure, a world figure, iconic figure, aigure " -- his life was a gift to us all."
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>> nelson mandela way more than a south african figure, a world figure, iconic figure, a figure for the ages. we have headlines and newspaper covers to show you. we will start with a paper from south africa this is "the star." the headline there is, "the world weeps," and has a quote from president jacob zuma that sums it up. "although we knew this day would come, nothing can diminish our profound and enduring loss." this was a long time in coming. along with the feeling of loss is a feeling of celebration for one of the greats of humanity. >> moving on to "the guardian," obviously out of london, "all out gone." nelson mandela 1918-2013. a towering figure. died last night at age 95. here again another statement from jacob zuma, the president of south africa today, saying, "our nation has lost its greatest son." and he also said, "our people lost a father," which is very -- not only was he -- >> great quote. >> such a father figure for everybody around the world. he had such influence.
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>> no doubt about it. look at the "washington post" and the headline, "the nation's healer is dead." first quote from president obama, "he no longer belongs to us, he belongs to the ages." that is a powerful, true quote. another, "the prisoner who became president -- south africa's leader, a symbol of moral force." >> all of the things that he was, where he was iconic and legendary and he became such a big thing, the next headline from the "new york daily news" sums up what he was. it says, "nelson mandela," again "1918-2013, farewell, dear friend." and i think a lot of people were able to connect with him in such a way where they felt not only was he a massive man where they couldn't touch him but interconnected to our lives in a daily basis. >> the best of humanity right there. certainly will be missed and celebrated. we'll be right back. k. we'll be right back.
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this morning, the passing of nelson mandela. it's the news the nation had prepared for. a man beloved around the world is gone. >> in the name of peace, democracy and freedom for all. >> he was known as the father of modern south africa. a powerful symbol of racial unity. becoming the nation's first black president and guiding its transition to democracy. becoming a legendary figure to people in every corner of the globe. this is abc news continuing coverage, "nelson mandela: a man who changed the world." ♪ good friday morning. i'm diana perez. >> i'm john muller, and this is a special edition of "world news now" as the world mourns nelson mandela while celebrating his accomplishment.
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>> he was the embodiment of peace and celebration after -- peace and reconciliation after serving so many years in prison. >> in failing health at 95 his death did not come as a surprise, but for the millions that revered him, it was impactful nonetheless. abc's alexander marquardt is in johannesburg where many people woke up to the news hours after the rest of the world. >> reporter: when the news broke of mandela's death, south africans of all stripes flocked to mandela's home. ♪ >> reporter: young, old, white and black. they danced -- ♪ >> reporter: they sang old songs of struggle from the apartheid era. >> i wouldn't be free if it wasn't for him. >> reporter: some who showed up to pay their respects were overcome with grief.
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>> i'm disappointed. i'm sad. but at the same time, i think he's had his part in life and did it very well. >> reporter: these scenes swept across the country into the wee hours of the morning after president jacob zuma broke the news to the nation and the world. >> he's now at peace. our nation has lost its greatest son. our people have lost a father. >> reporter: tribute to the man affectionately known as tata madiba poured in. including fw de klerk, the last president of sav who said, "your spirit and example will always be there to guide us to the vision of a better, more just south africa." there will be ten days of national mourning during which time he will lie in state so south africans can pay final respects for his body is
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transported to his ancestral village of qunu. alexander marquardt, abc news, johannesburg. >> alex, thank you. >> president obama among one of the first leaders to respond to mandela's death. he ordered flags flown at half staff. saying he can't imagine his life without the example that mandela set. the president met mandela only once in person in 2005 when he was a junior senator. mandela's daughters were in london at the time of his death at a premiere of his life. the women left the theater immediately after getting the news but they asked the film be played until the end. including prince william who was told that mandela died as the credits rolled. while south africa begins its official mourning period, we are getting insight about his last wishes. what about the last wishes and are his family members getting
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along? >> never nice to see a family fighting. toward the end there, there was some infighting with the grandson moving the bodies of some of mandela's dead children. he always wanted to lay forever in qunu, which is his boyhood home. while i was there, the lawsuits against the grandson were resolved. luckily it sounds like now the family has come together and decided he will let him have his final wishes to be back in qunu. >> for as much progress as south africa has made with nelson mandela being alive, now that he's gone, there's so much more progress to be made. where do they stand economically? >> there's still a lot of problems. there's de facto segregation, economic problems, educational problems that south africa needs to advance on in order to realize the society that nelson mandela had in mind for south africa. i got to tell you, being in south africa, the folks there, from all different colors, all different backgrounds, all different
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socio-economic levels, they're talking about these things and really feel like together they will be able to do so much more. >> abc's lana zak, thank you so much. >> the coverage of nelson mandela's life and death does not end here. see how his story influenced pop culture and moviemakers later in this half-hour. another major headline this morning, the investigation into the shooting of an american teacher in libya. ronnie smith gunned down while jogging at a u.s. consulate in benghazi. his murder comes days after al qaeda called for libyan attacks on u.s. interests. smith's wife and son returned to the u.s. for the holidays. he was set to join them next week. a wicked storm slamming the nation this morning is far from over. a treacherous mix of snow and sleet crippling the south central u.s., blanketing arkansas, oklahoma and tennessee. here's abc's clayton sandell. >> reporter: temperatures are
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dropping and blood pressure's rising as a major winter storm barrels east. minnesota, a mess of spinning tires and plows. the state digging out from under heavy snow. oklahoma grocery stores are selling out. >> i wanted to beat the rush. i didn't. >> reporter: tennessee declared a state of emergency. further west, it's the frigid cold. oklahoma city chillier than anchorage, alaska. this oregon mill was coated in ice. in california, growers are burning peach pits for enough heat to save a $2 billion citrus crop. >> we have to protect it at all costs. >> reporter: in denver, they are de-icing planes and trying to find shelter for the homeless. >> these sorts of nights don't
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happen a lot but it is dangerous. >> reporter: staying warm means piling on the layers. >> i've got this coat and then a sweater and long-sleeve shirt and thermal underwear under that. >> reporter: denver tied a chilly record at minus 15 degrees. at tom's urban restaurant. >> this is our walk-in cooler this is 35, 38 degrees. it's actually warmer in the freezer. >> two degrees. >> that is 17 degrees warmer than outside. >> this is where we warm up. >> reporter: and now criminals are taking advantage of the cold looking for puffers. what's a puffer? it is a car that an owner leaves running unattended so they can warm it up. police say they have had a half dozen puffer cars stolen. clayton sandell, abc news, denver. >> from the ice storm in the mid south to the brutal cold in the upper midwest the storm is dangerous. >> meteorologist jim dickey is tracking it all at accu-weather. good morning, jim. >> good morning, john and diana. once again, a brutally cold air mass has set up across the northern plains the rockies to the upper midwest. these are expected early morning temperatures. minus 4 in minneapolis. minus 15 in pierre and minus 12 in denver. as this cold moves to the east, we continue to see snow, ice and rain from texas, north and east to the ohio valley and significant ice in some
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locations. that includes much of arkansas, including little rock area. big-time impacts. looking for dangerous road conditions, especially through the morning commute along with power outages and it could be days before power is restored. along with that, three to six inches of snow spreading to the ohio valley and the northeast. john, diana, back to you. >> thank you very much. coming up we return to our top story in returning nelson mandela's humble roots. >> and hear how his profound words will resonate in the history books. this is a special edition of "world news now." ♪ words will resonate in the history books. this is a special edition of "world news now." ♪
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♪ welcome back. it is not an understatement to say that nelson mandela's time on earth literally changed the world. >> abc's terry moran has more on mandela's life and legacy. >> reporter: mandela was born in 1918 into the royal family of the thembu people, but he grew up under
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apartheid racial segregation and oppression. the white minority ruled south africa. it is hard to imagine the pure evil of that system. abject poverty for blacks and severe restrictions on travel, education and employment. whites enjoyed all of the powers and riches in this rich country. his tribal name meant troublemaker. perhaps it was his destiny, particularly after the massacre in 1960 when he and the african national congress took up armed struggle. >> there are many people who feel it is useless and futile for us to talk about peace and nonviolence against a government who is using savage attacks on unarmed
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defenseless people. >> reporter: mandela was a born leader. so in 1964 the apartheid government tried him for treason and sought the death penalty. his opening statement to the court electrified the country. >> i have cherished the ideal of a democratic and free society. it is an ideal for which i hope to live for and see realized. but my lord, if it needs be, it is an ideal for which i am prepared to die. >> reporter: mandela was sentenced to life in prison and sent to the notorious robben island prison, and he was not heard from for nearly 30 years. and then in 1990, the south african government, under increasing pressure and isolated in the world, suddenly yielded. >> mr. nelson mandela will be released at the staff prison. >> reporter: it was an amazing moment when mandela walked out of prison on february 11th, 1990.
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the world rejoiced. he worked with his former enemy to move toward free elections and the end of apartheid. he and frederik willem de klerk were jointly awarded the nobel peace prize in 1993 and the following year this, the world again looked on in wonder and joy as millions of black south africans lined up to vote for the first time. nelson mandela was elected president in a landslide. >> so help me god. >> reporter: a few months later at his inauguration attended by scores of world leaders, he declared a new era for his beloved country. >> never again shall it be that this beautiful land will again experience the oppression of one by another. >> reporter: terry moran, abc news. >> now what happens next is nelson mandela's body has already been moved to the hospital. he will be given a state
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funeral. not only that, but all of the flags will be at half staff until the funeral is over. there's a ten-day mourning period for south africans, which obviously starts now. >> just amazing. it's a life that goes beyond anything a book or hollywood could ever make up. truly epic life from an epic man. >> nelson mandela inspired acts of revolution and kindness. his life moved artists to capture his spirit. >> up next, the movies inspired by mandela and how hollywood is reacting to his death. you are watching "world news now." ♪ >> announcer: "world news now" continues after this from our abc stations. >> announcer: "world news now" continues after this from our abc stations.
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♪ ♪ nelson mandela had a profound global impact. not just in the world of politics but in nearly every facet of modern culture. >> the at least of which was the world of entertainment. mandela was the inspiration for a number of movies. some blockbusters and others controversial. screen legend sydney poitier starred alongside michael
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cain's in "mandela and de klerk," a look at the events leading up to mandela's release from prison in '90 after 27 years of incarceration. he won an oscar for his portrayal in the sports drama "invictus," chronicled the events after the rugby world cup hosted in that country following the dismantling of apartheid. >> and just this year, mandela played by idris elba in "mandela walk to freedom." it chronicled his life journey from childhood in a rural village through his inauguration as the first democratically elected president of south korea. >> mandela has a single acting credit to his name, appearing in the 1992 spike lee film "malcolm x." he was a schoolteacher reciting the lines from malcolm x's speech by any means necessary. an interesting side note. mandela told spike lee he would not say the words "by any means necessary." world leaders, celebrities, and everyday people honoring mandela by sharing their thoughts on
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social media. >> mandela had deep ties to hollywood. spike lee with mandela in this picture about malcolm x shared this picture on instagram. you can see mandela wearing the "x" baseball cap there. >> anderson cooper said i remember soweto election day 1994. standing in line with elderly south african voters for the first time in their lives. >> mike tyson tweeted out a picture of himself and nelson mandela. tyson noted he heard about mandela's death while on african soil in algeria. tyson wrote sending prayers to nelson mandela's family. charlize theron said, your impact on the world will live forever. adding there will never be words to say what i am feeling now. i'm saddened to the depths of my soul truly. >> obviously these go on and on. this from beyonce, who had an opportunity to meet mandela and she instagramed this picture of herself, her husband, jay-z and mandela's wife saying god bless. >> fergie sharing a picture of
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herself with nelson mandela. saying, "meeting nelson mandela at his house in johannesburg was a truly memorable moment in life for me. he was an angel." and as we pay tribute to nelson mandela, a celebration of his life. >> truly. these artists are coming out more and more throughout the entire day we get updates via e-mail of who was tweeting out next. presidents tweeting out and not only the people who are in hollywood. of course we leave you with one example of the way his life inspired artists everywhere. we'll be right back. ♪ ♪
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♪ if you are like us, your facebook and twitter feeds are filling up with quotes by nelson mandela. >> his words inspired justice in his own nation and the better part of the last century they moved men and women just about everywhere. here's nelson mandela in his own words. >> in south africa, there's room for all the various races in this country. to spend 27 years at the prime
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of your life is a tragedy. i regret those years that i have wasted in prison. >> let each one of you and all of our people give the enemies of peace and liberty. those faced to take us back to the hell of apartheid. south africa has to eliminate racial hatred and suspicion caused and offer equality to all of its citizens of peace, security and prosperity. >> together, we must pledge to continue our united effort for the abolition of the apartheid system. we are here because you took the humane decision that you could not ignore the inhumanity represented by the apartheid system. >> never doubted in our mind. even as we celebrate, let us
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remind ourselves that our work is far from complete. where there is poverty and sickness, including aids, where humans are being oppressed, there's more work to be done. >> i have completely retired. i've left office. i have lost influence. i'm now a has-been. don't call me. i'll call you. ♪ this morning on "world news now," remembering nelson mandela. the tributes worldwide as the nation prepares for ten days of i'm now a has-been. don't call me. don't call me. i'll call you. [ laughter ] ♪
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this morning, the world wakes to the news that a giant of human and civil rights is gone. nelson mandela, a guiding force for millions, revered for ever changing history. >> recognize that apartheid has no future. >> he spent nearly three decades in prison, emerging to become the first black president of south africa. a father figure to his people and to millions around the globe. this morning, new reaction from every corner of the world. >> i cannot fully imagine my own life without the example that nelson mandela set. >> right now on "america this morning," abc news remembers nelson mandela, a man who changed the world. ♪

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